Jean-Jacques Annaud Quotes

My way of remaining French was the financing scheme I used for Quest for Fire, with Fox funds, since it started as a 100% American production. The film was not in French and yet was French in style, reflecting my personality.

American Quotes, Personality Quotes

I make movies just as painters paint: I work where I can.

Work Quotes, Pain Quotes

When Picasso painted in Paris, was he a Spanish or a French painter? It does not matter, he was Picasso, whatever the influences surrounding him. He simply chose Paris because it was the ideal place for him to sell his creation.

Pain Quotes, Creation Quotes, Influence Quotes


War scenes are less difficult than love scenes.

Love Quotes

I think it is a mistake to identify a movie according to its language, as if movies were literature.

Language Quotes, Literature Quotes

There is a broad cultural current that conveys the idea that a film is like a football team, it represents a nation, it is illustrated literature, filmed radio. These are outdated concepts, totally out of touch with today's realities.

Literature Quotes

The art of motion pictures is pictorial and language comes a distant second.

Art Quotes, Language Quotes

When a French book becomes an international hit it is because of the author and not because of the language. The same goes for movies.

Language Quotes

Today's cinema is a global art form, it is impossible to make movies for a market the size of France, representing no more than 4% of the world's total.

Art Quotes

When Americans shoot movies they aim at the entire planet. When the French make movies, they aim at Paris.

American Quotes, Aim Quotes

To do the writing, I have to have time to do research.

Time Quotes

I had to choose between American and British actors, and it didn't take me more than a second to decide: Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans.

American Quotes